Posted in music on September 25, 2010

Pavement @ Central Park Summerstage - Sept 24, 2010 (pic by Greg Cristman)
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That's a picture of the setlist from Friday night's Pavement show in Central Park, the fourth of four Summerstage shows, and the fifth of five NYC shows that kicked off Sunday night at Williamsburg Waterfront. They substituted 'Heaven Is A Truck' for 'Fight Generation', and those hands reportedly belong to the woman who gave birth to Mark Ibold. More later.

Pictures from Thursday night's show, and their remaining reunion tour dates, HERE.

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Comments (96)

they switched 'Fight This Generation' with 'Heaven Is A Truck' which is so lame

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:17 AM

Oh man they played Perfume-V and Here?! Jealous!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:20 AM

F*cking Pavement!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:24 AM

After five nights, still no Embassy Row.

Posted by CNC | September 25, 2010 1:37 AM

and still no AT&T...

Posted by PA | September 25, 2010 1:42 AM

I know... they must be avoiding Embassy Row for some reason.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:43 AM

UN Week? They might offend the men in dashikis with their leftist weeklies?

Posted by CNC | September 25, 2010 1:48 AM

"they switched 'Fight This Generation' with 'Heaven Is A Truck' which is so lame"

Heaven Is A Truck was lame. The band played it by the numbers with no feeling. Overall a good show, nothing spectacular, just a good outdoor Friday show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:59 AM

Embassr Row? more like Embassy BLOW.

amazing show, sloppier than the others (lots of false starts) but "Grounded" gets better every night. Not a fan of "Heaven Is A Truck" but that long guitar outro was aces and there was no way they were going to top Tues or Wed's "Fight This Generation"

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:00 AM

They were so tight. I never want to see a band live ever again.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:00 AM

still no hummus swabbed over the hairless torso of senor

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:01 AM

i liked wednesday the best. this setlist was kinda iffy--because they got rid of fight generation, and also because i really hate "rattled by the rush." maybe it's because they made fun of it on beavis and butthead. great show, though! just a lil less intense

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:09 AM

Heaven is a truck? More like heaven is who gives a fuck. Yeah.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:12 AM

whether or not you like heaven is a truck, it was definitely not "by the numbers with no feeling." it was about twice as long as the album version, with all kind of new (which is exciting to people who know the album versions by heart) guitar lines and breakdowns/buildups.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:15 AM

I saw Bobby N. and Tron Carter smokin tree together before the show

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:23 AM

uhm this show was fuckin amazin yall are whack

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:27 AM

yeah; this was honestly a really good show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:29 AM

I guess Bob did really read these comments cause I kept putting No Life SInged Her and they finally played it for the first time tonight:)

Thanks Bob!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:44 AM

Best band ever, man. Pavement is music for dreamers

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:54 AM

embassy row would have been very nice, but god i wish they played at&t

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 3:07 AM

Wasn't that 'Cream of Gold' that they played, not 'The Hexx' as listed here?

Posted by limesparks | September 25, 2010 3:09 AM

good show.... tuesday was the best by far... except range life done right, that was nice

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 3:13 AM

never played half a canyon... a crime

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 3:15 AM

Saw Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav backstage.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 3:44 AM

maybe I'm speculating way too hard but it seemed tense tonight. there were at least three false starts and malkmus seemed pissed off at mark ibold and spiral. at one point, nastanovich was rambling about some shit as usual and steve started to look annoyed so mark ibold started trying to talk into steve's mic but nastanovich wouldn't stop. it was hilarious but they all looked unhappy.

also nastanovich said "pavement and the jicks" after the looong heaven is a truck jam. which by the way, was not appropriate for standing in million degree stickiness.

this could just be all stuff I was looking for though.

also, my favorite quote of the night came from the beets:

"stick around for pavement!"

Posted by Julian | September 25, 2010 4:32 AM

Hummus is a Magnificent snack that will allow you to one day become a helmet yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 5:01 AM

i'm gonna pack hummus so deep up your ass you'll vomit it for months. If I knew you I'd kill you and not a jury would find me guilty. hummus dude you are the ultimate douchebag pussy with a boring schtick that is flogging a very dead horse. please stfu and go kill yourself as your pathetic life is not worth living.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 5:10 AM

Leave hummus guy alome. You are a bully!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 8:24 AM

I like your style 5:10...

And shut the fuck up "Julian"! You're just making that tension up just so you have something to "blog" about or whatever the fuck.

Last night was an amazing show. A perfect send off for our pals pavement.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 8:30 AM

Definitely no cream of gold last night, or any night of the NYC shows. I'm pretty sure they're only playing two songs from Terror Twilight - the hexx and spit on a stranger

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 9:14 AM

I went to all 4 shows and Tuesday was easily the best. Something was not right with the band last night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 9:58 AM

It was pretty annoying having a bunch of early-mid 20somethings acting like they "loved Pavement, like, FOREVER." You guys were in elementary school when their albums came out.

They will probably be just as excited for the Smashing Pumpkins or Stone Temple Pilots to do 10 shows in Central Park.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 10:03 AM

Chas Smash(Madness)> Bez(Happy Mondays)> Joel(Brian Jonestown Massacre)> Bob(Pavement)

Posted by Anonypus | September 25, 2010 10:17 AM

10:03

Seriously you're complaining about 20 somethings who have been listening to Pavement since the breakup? They HAVE been loving Pavement forever as far as they are concerned.

Maybe you should just be happy that your music is still relevant to the current generation.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 11:09 AM

I'm a 20-something and I saw Pavement on the Terror Twilight tour. So, 10:03 is a fucking idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 11:51 AM

I went to all the NY shows! Wednesday was by the best of them all. The Brooklyn waterfront and tuesday felt like warm up shows. They were sloppier and less energetic. See Pavement in the Crooked Rain Pavers!

Posted by reggie reader | September 25, 2010 12:04 PM

you're all idiots...these were rock shows by a very very good band, no more no less..your stabs at establishing some sort credibility here are just pathetic....it lives, be grateful.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 12:05 PM

Malkmus is God! Last night made my head explode.

Come back Pavement, Please!

Posted by headbreaker | September 25, 2010 12:08 PM

Bob N. makes Fred Schneider look like John Lennon...

yes, Tuesday was fantastic, and from what has been posted repeatedly by people who saw all of them, probably the best of the run, but it was also the only night that Summer Babe was omitted, and many of the best tracks from S&E were missing too, played on other nights - Singed, Loretta, Here, Zurich.
Fame Throwa was left out for all of the shows, which is odd.
There were no Twilight songs on Tues either.
But there were many WowZow songs, and it was apparently the tightest night.
But there is no tension, people are making this up as they go with every little piece of stage banter. Anyone who knows this band knows that they play with people's heads, both in their music and in their attitudes. It is part of the fun.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 12:10 PM

LAST NIGHT BLEW MY HEAD OFF $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by Mo Money | September 25, 2010 12:11 PM

I poopt dis morningk

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 12:13 PM

"these were rock shows by a very very good band, no more no less..your stabs at establishing some sort credibility here are just pathetic.

I agree 100%. Good shows, had lots of fun singing along, but they are not amazing shows. Nothing to write home about, just good solid shows. Nothing more.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 12:13 PM

Another good show last night. The week was a lot of fun. If some people found it transcendent, good for them. Regardless of what you think, it was a great sendoff for the band if these were truly their last shows in New York. Can't beat four straight sold out show in Central Park with big crowds loving the shows.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 12:29 PM

^ I wrote home that you should keep your boring mouth shut

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 12:30 PM

This show was the most beautiful thing I've ever witnessed. People will complain about setlists and songs they wish they played all day but Pavement did something really special towards the end of this show. They deconstructed and reinvented their songs right in front of us. They stripped em down, changed em around and really played with em. This is what live concerts are supposed to be like, further adaptions and inventions of the originals. Don't go to concerts to hear the song sound exactly like the album. The real beauty of this show started with the amazing jam and solo towards the end of 'The Hexx'. Then followed a slowed down, almost collapsed 'We Dance' which they really tweaked by speeding it up and slowing it down. From this point forward their songs would cease to appear like their original selves. Stop Breathin' was the song of the night, it was a shot to my heart they won't leave me for a long long time. Elevate Me Later and Here were gorgeous choices as set closers but we all knew more beauty was coming. Rattled by the rush sounded spot on and was played with more emotion than I've seen as I truly feel SM loves performing this song. This concert was an emotional experience for me and a lot of fans... this band has always been there for me. I identify and remember parts of my life by what album was out at that time and nearly every song brings back vivid memories and feelings. These guys will truly be missed and I feel honored have called them my favorite band for the last 16 years. They are the epitome of slack rock, caring just enough that it appears they aren't trying. Their lyrics are happy, sad, political, goofy and always poignant. Their songs are like complex symphonies with lots of changes and crescendos that send you up and up and up then slam you down but always leave you smiling. Thanks for the comeback guys and especially for doing it for the right reasons. We love you pavement, thank you Stephen, thank you Spiral Stairs, thank you Treble Kicker, thank you Gary, thank you Mark and thank you Steve.

Posted by Marcus | September 25, 2010 12:51 PM

BUT DID THEY PLAY HOT TRUCKS

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:03 PM

I'd be see sick of Bob Nostanovich if I were Malkmus, too. Nostanovich is a complete nuisance.

Also, I love the guy complaining about how a long jam is "not appropriate" considering the heat outside. Dude, then go home and have your mom feed you goldfish crackers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:04 PM

I also love the pompous self-delusion of the guy who thinks his request on a BV comment board is the ONLY reason Pavement decided to play a particular song. Wake up son...

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:05 PM

Thanks 12:51....I had a gret time last night! The show was awesome, not amazing, but a great time. Came up from Philly and thought it was such a solid, fun outdoor show! On the bus back home, thinking about the setlist, so glad I was able to see Pavement. Rock hard, rock on!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:06 PM

Gotta also love 5:10 who take hummus comments so personally that he obviously needs therapy for it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:06 PM

10:03--"You guys were in elementary school when their albums came out."

Do you like the Beatles, douchesnazz? Or any other band older than you? If so, and don't say you don't because you'd be lying, stifle it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:08 PM

10:17 YES, YOU SEE THE TRUTH!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:08 PM

what was last nights attendance/

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:25 PM

12:51, you need to get out more.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:26 PM

What time did Daft Punk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:45 PM

So great to see a sincere, heartfelt comment on these boards. 12:51, thanks so much for posting your review.

It was a great fucking show, felt so good to sing along to songs I never thought I'd see/hear played live.

Posted by TWIGS | September 25, 2010 2:09 PM

> Thanks for the comeback guys and especially for doing it for the right reasons.

Um, $$$

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:25 PM

I never heard of Pavement. What is he?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:47 PM

Spiral is such an Aussie- go Saints!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 3:02 PM

You think I could get in for $10 tonite?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 3:13 PM

i have free tickets for tonight that i can't use (merriweather post pavilion). so that's better than $10.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 3:27 PM

I have two free tickets to last Tuesdays Summerstage show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 5:31 PM

went to all five. tuesday and friday were the best: tuesday for the stage banter (Bob was trashed!) and friday for generally on-pointness and killing it. some of malkmus' guitar solos last night bordered on face-melting.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 5:39 PM

10:03 is an idiot. I saw them on tour for Terror Twilight and I was 14, and bought their last two albums the day they came out.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 6:41 PM

I have two free tickets to last Tuesdays Summerstage show.

Posted by شات كتابي | September 25, 2010 7:05 PM

And last night they played 'No Life Singed Her,' which was the song that actually got me into the band, as while it seems easy now, a simple verse/chorus reversal, and the time it really seemed like they were cutting new cloth.

They did sorta muff Range Life last night trying to accommodate the keyboardist, instead of just blasting out bolts of big sound.

For my money, both shows we're better than anytime I saw them before the break-up.

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How were the Beets?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 9:42 PM

beets set sucked. they didn't play a single hit -- would've killed for needs more allowance or killer tofu.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 10:11 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 10:11 PM

there is more inspiration/talent in the four-second intro of a Pavement song than in an entire Beets set

Posted by what I learned | September 25, 2010 10:27 PM

Wow we have some angry and ornery folks here. I'm not surprised.

I was there last night and thought it was outstanding. It's the only show I've seen this tour, so I can't compare it to anything else, but it seemed pretty tight to me. Agree with the person who said SM was occasionally "face-melting" at points last night.

Why all of the Bob N. hate? He's been doing the same exact shit for 20 yrs. You people are surprised/annoyed by him? You must not have been paying close attention all of these years.

And not trying to sound like a dick, but I too couldn't help but noticing the crowd was indeed dominated by smug 20-somethings who seem not to know or care about most of the Slanted songs. This is a little disappointing to me. That's fine if you got into Pavement when Brighten or Terror came out, but you do realize that these were the weaker albums, right? Its almost missing the whole point. The fact the crowd got really excited about Shady Lane was bizarre to me. I wanted to go to the bathroom during that song. Also the obnoxiously loud and wasted 20-something community college frat boy stading in front of me who was shirtless and wearing whitewashed jeans (and not in an ironic way) was really annoying. Just sayin.

I guess I sound like a dick after all...oh well.

Posted by Blacktick Baptiss | September 25, 2010 11:22 PM

go to bed, old man.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 11:43 PM

thank god that shit is over. now it is time to get back to the double dip recession. w

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 12:33 AM

Was awesome. But how could they come to New York and not play AT&T. :(

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 1:16 AM

all I can say as an "old man" (SM and SS's exact age), was that Tuesday's show had a really nice mix of people from their teens to their fifties, with the majority seeming to be 30/40's.
Everyone seemed to respect one another. This was in the general stage floor area. I'm sure others saw it another way, but to this pre-BBurgh hummus eater, it was a warm and excellent atmosphere.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 1:42 AM

I inadvertently scalped a counterfeit ticket and wasn't allowed inside. Words cannot describe the disappointment I felt, but I did stick around for half the set outside the gate and the sound was still fairly crisp.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 2:39 AM

where are the Friday pics?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 3:58 AM

are there friday pics coming?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 11:18 AM

Show was amazing, and no, there weren't any tensions. Spiral messed up the begining of elevate me later and malkmus assumed this kind of 'stern parent' pose, but they were both laughing about it as they went back into the song. They're just fucking around with each like friends do all the time. And mark just startled malkmus when he started talking into the mic because it was so loud! Compared to any bootlegs I've seen from the early days they looked like they were all having a great time.

W/r/t bob - cmon let's face it, if malkmus didn't want him in the band he wouldve been gone long ago. He kind of has the crowd-pleasing stage prescence the others don't and enthusiasm keeps everyone else amped and with a smile on their face.

That's just my take. The only question now is whether they're gonna stay together?

Posted by Holden | September 26, 2010 11:49 AM

"there weren't any tensions."

What? SM seemed pissed all night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 11:55 AM

I went Tuesday and Friday. Tuesday was slightly better, but both shows were really outstanding. And also, the crowds, especially Tuesday, deserve a small shout-out, really into the music and easy-going. Some talking here and there, but nothing to complain about given that these were outdoor shows in beautiful Central Park with nice September weather.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 11:55 AM

nice weather? friday was hazy, humid and sweaty.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 12:21 PM

yes, tuesdays crowd was varied and genuinely cool, with everyone seeming to embrace the variety of ages etc.

The one serious caveat to what most people seem to feel was the best show was the relative lack of Slanted favorites - it had the least, at 4 songs from it. The last night had 6, and the selections were closer to fan favorites in the other shows, Summer, Loretta, Zurich, Here, States, etc. Conduit, Perfume, Desert and Trigger were played on Tues., so again, luck of the draw I guess, but....not enough. This was the original show announced....should have been more generous in that way perhaps. But aside from this, it was stellar.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 12:33 PM

Friday night was a nice night. Clear skies. Not humid.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 12:36 PM

4 slanted songs on Tues.

7 or 8 on Wed, 6 for the rest.

yeah, Tues. crowd got skimped with Slanted.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 1:00 PM

Why did Pavement have such crapper owners? Beets, New Times Viking, etc.... Although, the worse opener I ever saw them have was Cat Power at Irving Plaza. She had stage fright and barely sung.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 1:27 PM

I went to williamsburg and final night. At the former, I was just happy to listen to Pavement play for the first time in a over a decade that it didn't matter and what they looked like and how they sounded. At the latter, I go to revel in a great rock band that sounded muscular, tight and very much into it on a warm but cleari indian summer night. I thought SM's solos were looser and more fervent than i remember them from the first go round. Friday's show was terrific all around (other than the beats, who seemed like practical joke).

Posted by olbap | September 26, 2010 3:18 PM

Tuesday also had (apparently) the best openers, The Oh Sees.
They were actually pretty good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 3:19 PM

Some people on this board need some cold advice about a few things, namely that "Heaven is a Truck" sounded great.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 10:16 AM

@10:11: Couldn't agree more! I saw doug in the VIP area.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 11:54 AM

'SM seemed pissed all night'

dude, that's how he is. did you see him on colbert? It's the shy/asshole thing. I saw him with the jicks a year ago and trust me, he really seemed much happier and crowd-friendly with pavent.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 5:28 PM

should have been more generous in that way perhaps. But aside from this, it was stellar.

Posted by شات صوتي | October 1, 2010 4:04 AM

ude, that's how he is. did you see him on colbert? It's the shy/asshole thing. I saw him

Posted by دردشة صوتية | October 1, 2010 4:16 AM

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